The model has been developed at the producer's research and development centre in Russelsheim, Germany, especially keeping in mind the European car buyer.
The i40 will feature the Korean manufacturer's Blue Drive range of green technologies and will have a high standard fuel economy and very low CO2 emissions, the company said.
An estate model of the vehicle will be available by next year, with a saloon version in the same sleek, "fluidic design" set to follow.
Allan Rushforth, vice president of Hyundai Motor Europe, said: "We have bold ambitions for Hyundai in Europe, and the new i40 will provide the momentum we need to achieve our goals in 2011 and beyond.
"We expect the quality of the new i40 to continue the development of our image in Europe and attract new customers to the Hyundai brand"
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